Ashley Smith & the Random Occurrence / Photo by Kelsey Walker
After dominating stages at Gasparilla Music Festival and Rock the Park Tampa, Ashley Smith is taking her band to its biggest downtown Tampa stage yet. Online, Smith called the gig where Kristopher James and Josh Higgins open, the band's "most monumental" show to date.
For the last half-decade, Smith and her band have been steadfast and forceful purveyors of soulful Americana where the songwriter's powerhouse vocal steals the show.
Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...